06.22.22

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  • GNU/Linux

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • TecMintHow to Install Software Packages via YUM/DNF Using RHEL 9 DVD

        Linux has always been known for its flexibility and installing packages from ISO is one of them. There are many use cases when a user wants to use ISO/DVD for downloading packages.

        In this guide, we are not just going to show you how you can set up ISO for downloading packages but also what are those scenarios when installing packages from ISO can be quite helpful.

      • TecMintHow to Install MySQL 8 in Fedora 36 Linux

        MySQL is one of the oldest and most reliable open-source relational database management systems which is trusted and used by millions of users on daily basis. Since Fedora has recently announced their new version of the flagship distribution, we are going to cover how you can easily install MySQL 8 in Fedora 36.

        Throughout this tutorial, we are going to utilize the default Fedora repositories so we can make this installation process as simple as it can be.

      • RachelMore on geo-tagging photos with a time element

        Some readers have written in with questions about my photo geotagging post from last week. One common question is whether the place name has ended up in the file’s metadata somehow. The answer is: I don’t think so. I did an “export as original” on the photo in question and ran it through a bunch of exif dumper tools and didn’t find anything that suggested a name like that.

      • Trend Oceansshred command: makes files unrecoverable in Linux – TREND OCEANS

        Are you still removing your files containing sensitive information (ssh keys, account password, auth file, etc) using the standard way?

      • LinuxConfigHow to install Monero Wallet on Linux (GUI & CLI)

        Monero is a cryptocurrency that is decentralized and has a primary focus on user privacy. To get started using Monero, you will first need a Monero Wallet. The Monero Wallet is available for Linux systems, whether you are running a GUI or just command line only. It is open source and free to use.

        In this tutorial, we will go through the step by step instructions of downloading Monero Wallet (both the GUI and CLI versions), verifying the download, and installing the Monero Wallet application on all major Linux distros.

      • TechtownHow to install CakePHP on Rocky Linux 8 / Alma Linux 8
      • LinuxConfigGNOME login as root

        In this tutorial, you will see how to enable root login for the GNOME desktop environment on a Linux system. By default, users are expected to log in to the GNOME desktop environment using a normal account. This is a recommended practice due to security concerns. If you wish to ignore this recommendation and log in to GNOME with the root account, keep reading below.

      • LinuxConfigCheck GNOME version

        The GNOME desktop environment is one of the most well known and popular GUIs for Linux systems. Many Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Fedora even have it preinstalled on their default downloads. In this tutorial, you will learn how to check the installed version of GNOME desktop environment via command line and GUI on any Linux system.

      • LinuxConfigHow to check battery life on Ubuntu

        If you are running Ubuntu Linux on a laptop, there are a few different ways that you can monitor the battery life of your system. Ubuntu makes this easy to do in the default GNOME desktop environment, but it is also possible to check the battery life from command line. In this tutorial, you will learn several methods to check the battery life on Ubuntu.

      • Linux Shell TipsHow to Find User’s Home Directory in Linux or Unix

        Under a Linux operating system distribution environment, a created/existing system user is associated with a Home directory. The configuration of the Home directory ensures that the files belonging to the currently active Linux user are only accessible to that user unless this user switches to another user account where they will access the Home directory of that switched user.

        The files under a Linux Home user directory are specific to the currently active users. The base directory of the Linux operating system is the root (/) directory.

    • Games

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • HackadayA Simple RP2040-Based Audio DSP Board

        If you’re one of those people who got into building electronics for the purpose of making music, then this Raspberry Pi RP2040-based audio DSP project by [DatanoiseTV] might be of interest. Provided is a FreeRTOS template application for creating Eurorack compatible synthesizers, effects processors, and similar DSP-based audio widgets.

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • Seth Michael LarsonGet paid to contribute to urllib3

        Spotify announced the recipients of the 2022 Spotify FOSS Fund and urllib3 was among the 8 projects receiving funding. urllib3 was awarded €13,000 from the total fund of €100,000. In the announcement post it was noted that Spotify had over 2400 dependencies and 59 nominations from staff which were narrowed down to 18 which met eligibility criteria and finally 8 projects which received funding.

    • Programming/Development

      • Steve KempWriting a simple TCL interpreter in golang

        Recently I was reading Antirez’s piece TCL the Misunderstood again, which is a nice defense of the utility and value of the TCL language.

        TCL is one of those scripting languages which used to be used a hell of a lot in the past, for scripting routers, creating GUIs, and more. These days it quietly lives on, but doesn’t get much love. That said it’s a remarkably simple language to learn, and experiment with.

        Using TCL always reminds me of FORTH, in the sense that the syntax consists of “words” with “arguments”, and everything is a string (well, not really, but almost. Some things are lists too of course).

      • Ruben SchadeWeb design 101: field order matters

        The modern web is replete with such examples, where convention is discarded for stylistic reasons, or through insufficient user testing. We wouldn’t fault someone for being confused by a screwdriver with a bit on the same end as the handle, yet such inaccessible design passes muster on the web.

      • Shell/Bash/Zsh/Ksh

        • Been there, done that

          Yet, I’d like yet another layer: semantic “bookmarking” of history entries, so that I can memorize an important command for later. What is particularly important, I want to be able to “tag” it with something concise, instead of having to rely on a fuzzy match of a part of the command to find it.

  • Leftovers

    • Telex (Hungary)The German ultra-hiker whose favourite trail is in Hungary

      Christine Thürmer is probably the woman who has walked the most kilometres around the world. The former manager has spent most of the last few years sleeping in tents, washing in cold streams and making rain pants out of bin bags. We asked her about her favourite European hiking trail, the National Blue Trail in Hungary but then a lot of other things came up as well.

    • The NationRainbow Sleeves
    • The NationThe World-Making Aesthetic of Hong Sangsoo

      Few contemporary filmmakers have been as prolific as the Korean director Hong Sangsoo, who has produced an average of one film per year for the past 26 years, since his volcanic debut, The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well, in 1996. On their surface, Hong’s films appear like chamber plays, centering on the cultural class of South Korea and skewering the whims, hypocrisies, desires, and anxieties of urbane artists and intellectuals as they frequent cafés, bars, restaurants, and hotels. Yet in Hong’s peculiar and distinctive treatment, these mundane-seeming dramas are continuously bifurcated and atomized, often stopping and starting up again with only the slightest variations between sequences: a spoon instead of a fork dropped at a restaurant, or even a repeated gesture or tone uttered with slight differences. Episodic and elliptical, Hong’s films more closely resemble paper cuttings, whereby an image comes into shape only through the removal of interstitial space.

    • HackadayEdging Ahead When Learning On The Edge

      “With the power of edge AI in the palm of your hand, your business will be unstoppable.”

    • Hardware

      • GamingOnLinuxLooks like Valve are gearing up for a new ‘Deckard’ VR Headset

        We’ve sort-of known for a while that Valve were working towards a next-generation VR headset to succeed the Valve Index and we’ve now seen a lot more supporting evidence that it’s getting closer.

      • uni TorontoModern HDDs have gotten somewhat better than they used to be

        Recently we got some 20 TB HDDs to become the future data storage for our Prometheus metrics system, which is outgrowing its current mirrored pair of 4 TB HDDs. For reasons somewhat beyond the scope of this entry, I’m not doing an in-place storage upgrade; instead I put the 20 TBs into the new Ubuntu 22.04 server that will take over as our Prometheus server and built a Linux software RAID mirror. When you build new Linux software RAID mirrors, they need to resync. I was curious to how long this would take, so I looked at /proc/mdstat, which gave me both an estimated time (which amounted to about 24 hours) and a current data rate, which it said was around 220,000K/sec.

    • Proprietary

      • Computer WorldCloudflare outage brings hundreds of sites, services temporarily offline

        The company faced similar issues last week when an outage in the India region caused several services including Discord, Shopify, Canva and GitLab to suffer from network performance issues across India, Indonesia and Eastern Europe.

      • The Independent UKMicrosoft’s Outlook email taken down by global internet outage

        According to website monitoring service Down Detector, affected users are seeing messages telling them they have been unable to connect to a server, and are struggling to connect to the service from across a range of devices.

        The monitoring service showed it began receiving reports of problems at around 9am on Tuesday.

      • The ScotsmanMicrosoft Outlook outage: Email service down with company working on fix after service inaccessible

        However, the outage appears to be unrelated to an issue at web infrastructure firm Cloudflare which took a large number of popular websites offline earlier on Tuesday morning.

      • The HillFormer NSA chief warns of Russian cyberattacks against US financial sector

        Alexander made his remarks during a cyber webinar hosted by IronNet, a cybersecurity firm founded and led by the retired general. Alexander was joined by other panelists who discussed several key issues, including how nation-state threat actors such as Russia will use cyber as a weapon to target banks and other financial institutions.

        Following the invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. and Western Europe imposed crippling economic sanctions against Russia, including cutting the country off from roughly $600 billion in reserves held by the Central Bank of Russia, suspending its access to the U.S. dollar and banning the state banks from using SWIFT, a messaging system used by banks to conduct international transactions.

    • Security

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Papers PleaseEuropean Court ruling on air travel surveillance

          The highest court of the European Union ruled today that an EU mandate for dragnet surveillance of travelers through government access to airline reservations might be permissible under EU law — but only under conditions that governments of EU member countries, and the US government, may be unable or unwilling to meet.

          In 2016, the EU enacted a directive requiring each EU member state to enact a law requiring airlines to hand over copies of passenger name records (PNRs) to the government, and establish a new surveillance agency to profile travelers based on this PNR data.  This EU PNR Directive was modeled on US law and on the extrajudicial practices — never tested against the provisions of international human rights treaties, which generally can’t be invoked in US courts — of the US Department of Homeland Security.

          The Belgian “Ligue des droits humains” (LDH) filed a lawsuit in the Belgian Constitutional Court challenging the law enacted in Belgium to implement the EU PNR Directive as contrary to multiple provisions of Belgian and EU law.

        • The EconomistAlphabet is spending billions to become a force in health care

          Yet it is Alphabet, Google’s corporate parent, whose health-care ambitions seem to be the most vaulting. Between 2019 and 2021 Alphabet’s venture-capital arms, Google Ventures and Gradient Ventures, and its private-equity unit, CapitalG, made about 100 deals, a quarter of Alphabet’s combined total, in life sciences and health care. So far this year it has injected $1.7bn into futuristic health ideas, according to cb Insights, a data provider, leaving its fellow tech giants, which spent around $100m all told, in the dust. Alphabet is the fifth-highest-ranking business in the Nature Index, which measures the impact of scientific papers, in the area of life sciences, behind four giant drugmakers and 20 spots ahead of Microsoft, the only other tech giant in the running. The company has hired former senior health regulators to help it navigate America’s health-care bureaucracy.

        • Gregory HammondIs Privacy Dead

          What I want you to do after you finish reading this, is email me every single login you have. Not just the nice and respectable ones, but all of them. Because I want to be able to go through them, read what I want to read and publish whatever I find interesting. After all, if you’re not a bad person, if you’re doing nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide.

        • The HillDemocrats introduce bill to ban collection of reproductive health data

          The legislation was drafted in response to a Supreme Court draft leaked in May that showed the court was prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that would trigger abortion bans or severe restrictions in a number of U.S. states.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • NPRTrump team didn’t have the evidence and 4 other takeaways from the Jan. 6 hearing

        That was one of the eye-opening findings of the Jan. 6 committee’s fourth hearing that showed the depth and breadth of Trump and his allies’ pressure on local and state officials. But there was more.

      • The Times Of IsraelUS Navy reports ‘unsafe’ encounter with Iran’s Guards in Strait of Hormuz

        In a video released by the Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, a high-speed Guard Boghammar is seen turning head-on toward the Sirocco. The Sirocco repeatedly blows its horn at the Boghammar, which turns away as it closes in. The flare shot can be heard, but not seen, as the Boghammar passes the Sirocco with the Iranian flag flying above it.

        The Navy said the Boghammar came within 50 yards (45 meters) of the Sirocco, raising the risk of the vessels running into each other. The overall encounter lasted about an hour, the Navy said.

      • VOA NewsSuspected Islamist Militants Kill 132 Civilians in Central Mali

        She says the government condemns with the utmost rigor the attacks and abuses perpetrated against peaceful populations. Kone says the government reassures that all measures will be taken to find and bring the perpetrators of these criminal acts before the court.

        The attack in Mopti is the latest in a wave of attacks on civilians in Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso.

      • Rolling StoneElection Worker Gives Emotional Account of How Trump’s Election Lies Ravaged Her Life

        Before the committee Moss discussed the cataclysmic effects the conspiracy theories Trump leveraged against her had on her life. “It has turned my life upside down.” Moss testified, “I don’t want anyone knowing my name […] I just don’t do nothing anymore, I don’t want to go anywhere. I second guess everything that I do. It’s affected my life in a major way, in every way. All because of lies.”

      • The NationThe Pentagon Gets More Money, and Americans Pay the Price

        Bipartisanship is a rare and endangered species in today’s bitterly divided Washington. Except when it comes to one thing: the Pentagon budget.

      • Counter PunchAn Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Behalf of Science for Peace

        All of this was before Russia invaded Ukraine, raising tensions between the two largest nuclear powers on the planet to unprecedented levels. With president Putin warning of “consequences the likes of which have never been seen” for any country doing what NATO is currently doing: arming Ukraine, how long until a tactical nuclear weapon is deployed or a NATO country supplying arms is attacked, leading to a tit for tat escalation to a full nuclear exchange? We are in fact already in a nuclear war if we accept that the mere threat of nuclear attack (implicit in Putin’s warning) is use of nuclear weapons. We would argue that a state’s mere possession of nuclear weapons is an implicit threat to use them. Neither the use, threat or possession of nuclear weapons are in keeping with existing international humanitarian law or basic morality. International law unambiguously outlaws the targeting of civilian populations. Clearly nuclear weapons, by the scale of their destructive powers are contrary to this prohibition, quite independently from the TPNW.

        If ever the precautionary principle was appropriate, this would seem to be the time: it advises that in the context of a potentially catastrophic risk, reducing that risk must take precedence over all secondary considerations. It is this concern, in particular the call of humanitarian empathy, that prompted the international community to negotiate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, while having slowed the spread of nuclear weapons, has clearly failed in getting the existing nuclear powers to live up to their commitment to work toward the elimination of their stockpiles. While the TPNW is unlikely to compel nuclear states to surrender their arsenals, it is an important step in delegitimizing nuclear weapons as a tool of statecraft and making those holdout states pariahs.

      • ScheerpostA Trail of Tears: How Veterans Return From America’s Wars
      • ScheerpostVIDEO: Ecuador’s Indigenous Revolt Against Their Neoliberal President

        The Grayzone spoke with leaders of Ecuador’s indigenous movements, now engaged in ferocious street protests against the privatization policies of President Guillermo Lasso, a billio…

    • Environment

      • The NationWhy This N.Y. Socialist Is Running on Climate

        Sarahana Shrestha is a climate activist running to represent New York’s 103rd Congressional District in the state Assembly as part of New York City Democratic Socialists of America’s slate of 13 candidates, many of whom are putting the climate crisis at the center of their campaigns. With the ultimate goal of providing all energy through the public sector, Shrestha and other DSA candidates have been pushing an incremental step: the Build Public Renewables Act, which Democratic leadership in the Assembly failed to even introduce despite having the votes to pass it. (The bill did pass the state Senate.)1

      • Energy

        • The NationStanford’s New School of Sustainability Is a Gift to Fossil Fuel Companies

          The Doerr School will incorporate over a dozen fossil fuel-funded affiliate programs researching deep-sea oil exploration, hydraulic fracturing, and other methods of expanding oil reserves. One product of these programs: BP recently discovered a new cache containing 200 million barrels of oil using an algorithm developed by an alum of one of these programs, the Stanford Exploration Project. Another industry-funded program is the Stanford Natural Gas initiative, which gives its “sustaining members” (donors at a $250,000 per year level) seats on the governance board that has significant leverage to dictate research priorities.

          Fossil fuel companies can also buy lobbying time hidden within the ivory tower. At the neutral sounding Energy Modeling Forum, an “affiliate” program allows corporations “closer professional interactions” with Stanford’s modelers as well as interaction with government agencies through the program for $20,000 annually. Past affiliates through the program include the American Petroleum Institute, BP, Chevron, Exxon and Schlumberger.

          Then there’s the research itself. These centers produce complex scientific and economic research that is hard for non-academics to review critically. Stanford’s research ethics training, which is required for studies with human participants, warns that studies have shown that industry-sponsored research is much more likely to report positive outcomes than those funded with federal money. As Stanford PhD Ben Franta has noted, the fossil fuel industry has made a clear progression from spreading climate denial with bad science to spreading climate delay with economic policy modeling laden with variables designed for industry self-preservation.

      • Wildlife/Nature

    • Finance

      • Pro PublicaJeff Yass: The Billionaire GOP Mega-Donor Gaming the Tax System

        One day in July 1985, three young men from Philadelphia, their lawyer and a burly Pinkerton guard arrived at a horse track outside Chicago carrying a briefcase with $250,000 in cash.

        Running the numbers on a Compaq computer the size of a small refrigerator, Jeffrey Yass and his friends had found a way to outwit the track’s bookies, according to interviews, records and news accounts. A few months earlier, they’d wagered $160,000, gambling that, with tens of thousands of bets, they could nail the exact order of seven horses in three different races. It was a sophisticated theory of the racing odds, honed with help from a Ph.D. statistician who’d worked for NASA on the moon landing, and it proved right. They bagged $760,000, then the richest payoff in American racing history.

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • EFFVictory! Court Rules That DMCA Does Not Override First Amendment’s Anonymous Speech Protections

        The decision by a judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California confirms that copyright holders issuing subpoenas under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act must still meet the Constitution’s test before identifying anonymous speakers.

        The case is an effort to unmask an anonymous Twitter user (@CallMeMoneyBags) who posted photos and content that implied a private equity billionaire named Brian Sheth was romantically involved with the woman who appeared in the photographs. Bayside Advisory LLC holds the copyright on those images, and used the DMCA to demand that Twitter take down the photos, which it did.

        Bayside also sent Twitter a DMCA subpoena to identify the user. Twitter refused and asked a federal magistrate judge to quash Bayside’s subpoena. The magistrate ruled late last year that Twitter must disclose the identity of the user because the user failed to show up in court to argue that they were engaged in fair use when they tweeted Bayside’s photos.

      • EFFWhen “Jawboning” Creates Private Liability

        Among the state actor theories presented is one based on collaboration with the government on content moderation. “Jawboning”—or when government authorities influence companies’ social media policies—is extremely common. At what point, if any, does a private company become a state actor when they act according to it?

        Deleting posts or cancelling accounts because a government official or agency requested or required it—just like spying on people’s communications on behalf of the government—raises serious human rights concerns. The newly revised Santa Clara Principles, which outline standards that tech platforms must consider to make sure they provide adequate transparency and accountability, specifically scrutinize “State Involvement in Content Moderation.” As set forth in the Principles: “Companies should recognise the particular risks to users’ rights that result from state involvement in content moderation processes. This includes a state’s involvement in the development and enforcement of the company’s rules and policies, either to comply with local law or serve other state interests. Special concerns are raised by demands and requests from state actors (including government bodies, regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies and courts) for the removal of content or the suspension of accounts.”

        So, it is important that there be a defined, though narrow, avenue for holding social media companies liable for certain censorial collaborations with the government. But the bar for holding platforms accountable for such conduct must be high to preserve their First Amendment rights to edit and curate their sites. 

      • Salon“Big Lie” vigilantes publish targets online — but Facebook and Twitter are asleep at the wheel

        Promoting such false information violates the policies of Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. Facebook’s “Community Standards” says its policy is to remove content that incites harassment or violence or impersonates government officials. Twitter and TikTok have similar rules and guidelines for what can and can’t appear on their platforms.

        ProPublica identified at least a dozen additional posts on Twitter, Facebook and TikTok that accuse unnamed individuals of being “ballot mules” and engaging in allegedly illegal activity. Some of these posts echo the “WANTED”-style language seen in the Gwinnett County meme, while others include similar calls to action to identify the individuals.

        None of the posts reviewed by ProPublica include evidence that any of the people depicted in the posters engaged in illegal activity. Yet the social media companies have reacted slowly or not at all to such posts, some of which clearly violate their policies, experts say.

      • Tutao GmbHLeaked ‘chat control’ document: Will Germany fight for privacy?

        In a leaked internal statement to the EU Commission, the German government demands that the draft law must be brought in line with “constitutional standards for the protection of private and confidential communications”. The statement positions itself against “general surveillance and private communications scanning measures”.

        According to the leak, the German government asks 61 questions, which in part are very tough and will pose serious problems for the EU Commission to answer.

      • Rolling Stone‘What the F-ck Is This?’: Team Trump Blindsided by Jan. 6 Committee Getting Doc Footage

        In other words: many of the people actually running Trump’s reelection operation are now saying they somehow had zero clue that an entire documentary was being filmed largely about Trump and his reelection campaign. And now the fruits of that doc are being mined for evidence by the congressional committee investigating Trump and his multi-pronged efforts to shred the American democratic order.

      • The HillBiden signs cyber bills into law

        The second bill, called the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act, aims to improve coordination between the Department of Homeland Security and state and local governments on cybersecurity.

      • Democracy NowColombia Elects 1st Leftist President Gustavo Petro & 1st Black VP Francia Márquez. Can They Deliver?

        Colombia made history Sunday as voters elected former guerrilla member Gustavo Petro as the country’s first leftist president and environmental activist Francia Márquez Mina as the country’s first Black vice president. The pair, gaining over 50% of the vote, defeated right-wing real estate millionaire Rodolfo Hernández but will now face a major challenge to pass legislation in the conservative Congress, where they lack a majority. “The hurdle has been overcome by winning the election, but the main hurdle, the establishment, cannot be changed by the government; it has to be changed from the people, by the people,” says Manuel Rozental, Colombian physician, activist and grassroots organizer. We also speak with Colombia-based journalist Simone Bruno, who says Petro’s election could transform the politics and economy of Latin America.

      • The NationThe Tragic Absurdity of Qatar’s World Cup Sportswashing

        Were there not so much suffering involved, the Qatar 2022 World Cup would be an absurdist parody of sportswashing. The extraordinarily popular event is meant to put a happy gloss on both the brutal kingdom of Qatar and soccer’s governing body—that infamous organization of finely tuned corruption: FIFA.

      • The NationWhy the Poor People’s Campaign 2022 Matters

        Today, on this land where our First Nation brothers and sisters first lived free, we are gathered because there are unnecessarily 140 million poor and low wealth people in this country. That’s 43 percent of the nation, 52 percent of our children, 66 million white people, 26 million black people, 68 percent of Latinos and Natives, and more than 60 percent of Asians who are entangled in the unjust weeds of poverty and bound up by the interlocking realities of systemic racism, refusal to pay a living minimum wage, bad tax policy, ecological devastation, denial of health care, the war economy and the false moral narrative of religious nationalism and white supremacy. This level of poverty in this nation—the richest nation in the history of the world—constitutes a moral crisis and a fundamental failure of the polices of greed.

      • Counter PunchThe Age of Stupidity: From Johnson and Biden to Putin and Xi Jinping

        This is surely a mistake. “Never lose your sense of the superficial,” said the newspaper publisher Lord Northcliffe and his advice applies as much to historic trends as it does to daily news. Yet pundits like to feel that they are digging deeper than a personal failing, and seldom focus on plain and simple stupidity as the reason why leaders make unforced errors.

        This kind of individual inadequacy is not equally present in all periods and it may be that in some eras the scope for chronic blunderers to do damage is higher than in others. It was certainly high in 1914, for instance, when dim-witted leaders such as Kaiser Wilhelm 11 in Germany, Tsar Nicholas 11 in Russia and the Austro-Hungarian monarchy were making the decisive moves leading to a European war that more intelligent leaders might have avoided as being much against their interests and putting at risk the future of their regimes.

      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • NPRHere’s how Stephen Colbert says his staff members got arrested on Capitol Hill

          The “TV people” that Colbert referenced included Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who called the CBS team “saboteurs” and falsely said that they breached the Capitol.

          [...]

          “They want to talk about something other than the Jan. 6th hearings on the actual seditionist insurrection that led to the deaths of multiple people, and the injury of over 140 police officers,” Colbert said. “But drawing any equivalence between rioters storming our Capitol to prevent the counting of electoral ballots and a cigar-chomping toy dog, is a shameful and grotesque insult to the memory of everyone who died. And it obscenely trivializes the service and the courage the Capitol Police showed on that terrible day.”

        • Free Press JournalJohnny Depp warns fans of fake accounts pretending to be him on social media

          Fresh off his legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp took to his social media and warned fans of fake accounts made in his name.

        • People MagazineJohnny Depp Urges Fans to ‘Remain Cautious’ as His Team Works to ‘Combat’ Fake Social Media Accounts

          “I ask that you remain cautious as it seems these fake accounts can be relentless. My team is working to combat the problem. Thank you for your continued support and for making me aware of this issue!” Depp continued, signing off the note, “Love & respect, JD X.”

        • India Times‘I do not have any private or side accounts’. Johnny Depp warns fans of impostors, shares list of verified profiles

          In a note shared on Instagram Story, the 59-year-old said that he was informed that some ‘fake’ social media accounts were ‘pretending’ to be him or claiming that they work with him.

          Clarifying further on Sunday, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star informed his nearly 26 million Instagram followers that he does not have any ‘private or side accounts’ on any social media platforms.

          “I’ve been made aware that there are fake accounts pretending to be me or people working with me. I do not have any private or side accounts on any platforms,” his statement read.

        • NPRNo, this 7-Eleven isn’t charging $7.11 for gas, even if the internet says so

          The photo was taken by Matt Beemsterboer, 34, who was surprised to see the likes of Elon Musk share it Tuesday, considering the price depicted wasn’t accurate, nor was the photo taken this year.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • New York TimesIf I Get Canceled, Let Them Eat Me Alive

        My brief tangle with the mob taught me that it is not when I am most embattled that I see most clearly. Hence I, like Odysseus, am tying myself to the mast in advance. I commit now, publicly, in print: please don’t fight on my behalf. Don’t stand up for me. Don’t rescue my good name. Let it be tarnished. Let my reputation die.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Craig MurrayYour Man in Saughton Jail Part 2

        I was walking down that improbably long central corridor in a group of about eight mainstream prisoners heading for legal visits, when panic broke out among the escorting guards. About a hundred yards further down, and coming towards us, was an overweight and bearded old man walking with a zimmer frame and wearing the maroon shirt of a protected prisoner.

      • Exclusive: Officers arrived at Uvalde school with rifles, ballistic shield 19 minutes after gunman

        Even as officers with high-powered weapons and ballistic shields massed inside the blue and green hallway, the gunman could be heard firing rounds — including at 12:21 p.m., 29 minutes before officers entered the classroom and killed him, the documents show.

        Investigators say the latest information indicates officers had more than enough firepower and protection to take down the gunman long before they finally did.

      • NPRPolice could have stopped Uvalde shooting within 3 minutes, a Texas official says

        A top Texas law enforcement official said that there were enough armed police officers wearing body armor to stop the late May shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas three minutes after it began.

        But instead, it took about an hour and 14 minutes from when officers arrived at the school to when they breached the door and ended the standoff with the gunman.

      • Christian PostSurging violence against Nigeria’s Christians demands White House action

        The early casualty estimates all proved to be low. On June 8, “An ABC news source with direct knowledge of the investigation said the bodies of 82 victims were in a local morgue. Another source briefed on the latest U.S. intelligence assessment said the estimate was over 80. Both sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they didn’t have the authorization to speak to the press about the ongoing probe.”

      • MedforthFrance: A headmistress of a high school was threatened with death after she asked a pupil to take off her Muslim headscarf

        On Thursday June 16, a girl from a Parisian high school went to the Lycée Charlemagne for the French baccalaureate exam. She allegedly refused to remove her headscarf, thus preventing the identity check that is usually carried out before candidates enter the examination room. She insisted on wearing her headscarf “despite several reminders of the law (of 2004 on the wearing of religious symbols at school, ed.) by the staff of the education office who were present at the reception of the examination”, as reported by Le Figaro. The pupil is said to have finally given in after what was perceived as a “tense” exchange with the CPE.

      • Muslims slam young LADY because of her dressing! LOOK

        Photos of the lady were posted on a Twitter account (Hafsa @wy_dee) on Saturday, June 18, however, it cannot be ascertained if she is the owner of the account or a catfish.

        Reacting to the post, some Muslims criticised the lady for wearing ‘such a dress,’ saying that it’s against the teaching of Qur’an.

    • Monopolies

      • RTLGermany opens anti-cartel probe into Google Maps

        The move comes after the Federal Cartel Office in January classified Google as a company of “paramount significance across markets”, paving the way for the authorities to clamp down on any potentially anti-competitive activities.

        Parallel proceedings are already ongoing to examine Google’s terms and conditions for data processing and its news offer Google News Showcase.

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        • Torrent FreakParis Hilton is One of the First Defendants at the ‘Small’ Copyright Claims Board

          The U.S. Copyright Claims Board has been live for a few days and thus far 19 cases have been filed. This doesn’t include any file-sharing piracy claims. Most cases are filed by smaller creators, including an artist who accuses Paris Hilton of repeatedly sharing photos on social media that infringe on her fairy wing design.

        • Torrent FreakMANGA Plus Invites Users to Confess Piracy & Name Most-Used Pirate Sites

          Manga publisher Shueisha is running a survey on its MANGA Plus service. Many of the questions seek information to help improve the platform but others raise a few concerns. Users are invited to confess to being pirates, say whether they are heavy users of pirate sites, and then name the pirate sites they use the most. Savvy business move or something more sinister?

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